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Helge Mooshammer, PhD, is director of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) research projects Incorporating Informality (2018-2022), Other Markets (2010-2015) and Relational Architecture (2006-2009) at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Vienna University of Technology. His research focuses on emerging forms of urban sociality fuelled by processes of transnationalisation, temporary and informal land use and changing regimes of governance. In 2008 he was Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) Vienna. He has been teaching, amongst others, at the Linz University of Art, at the Merz Academy Stuttgart and at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
He also acts as research coordinator for the Visual Culture Unit.




  • ‘City as Interface: Self-generating urban environments and the question of labour’, in Goethe Insititute Prague (ed.): Sharing Cities Atlas. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers, 2019.
  • ‘Resource Frontiers’, in Karen Lutsky, Ozayr Saloojee and Emila Eliza Scott (eds.): Viscosity: Mobilizing Materiliaties. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2019
  • ‘The Art of Crafting Formal-Informal Linkages’, in Eveline Dürr and Juliane Müller (eds.): The Political and Cultural Economy of Popular Commerce: Gender, Inequality, and Materiality in Latin American Cities. Lexington Books, 2019.
  • Other Markets: The Global Struggle of Informal Trading Places’, in Andres Lepik, Marcelo della Giustina and Chiara Ursini (eds.): Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism. Munich: A.M., 2017.
  • Tent Cities, People’s Kitchens, Free Universities – The Global Villages of the Occupy Movement’, in Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal (eds.): The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. London: Routledge, 2017.
  • From Urban Talent to Commodity City: Encountering marketplaces in the informal economy’, in Jonathan Darling and Helen Wilson (eds.): Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York. London: Ashgate, 2016.
  • Materials of Commemoration: The Changing Landscape of Mauthausen’, in Suzana Milevska (ed.): On Productive Shame: Reconciliation and Agency, Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vol. 15. Berlin: Sternberg, 2015.
  • Sammlungen des Protests: Von der Occupy-Bewegung zum Verwahren der Versammlung’, in Andreas Hudelist et al. (eds.): Protestgebiete: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Raum und Widerstand. Novo mesto: arte4, 2015.
  • A World of Matter’, in Inke Arns und HMKV (eds.): World of Matter. Berlin: Sternberg, 2015.
  • ‘Strittige Öffentlichkeiten: Die Besetzung der Ökonomie’, in Andreas Langenohl and Dietmar J. Wetzel (eds.): Finanzmarktpublika, Reihe Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Wiesbaden: VS publishers, 2013.
  • ‘Platzbewegungen: Expeditionen in den Raum der Versammlung’, in Bastian Lange, Gottfried Prasenc and Harald Saiko (eds.): Ortsentwürfe – Urbanität im 21. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Jovis, 2013.
  • ‘Visual Culture’, in schnittpunkt (ed.): Handbuch Ausstellungstheorie und -praxis. Vienna, Cologne and Weimar: Böhlau/UTB, 2013.
  • ‘The Architecture of Informal Trade’, in Aleksandra Wasilkowska (ed.): Shadow Architectures. Warschau: The Other Space Foundation/Fundacja Inna Przestrzen, 2013.
  • ‘The Political Aesthetics of Counter-Terrorism Design’, in Gary Boyd and Denis Linehan (eds.): Ordnance: War Architecture and Space. Farnham und London: Ashgate, 2012.
  • ‘Not for Sale’, in Sabine Pollak (ed.): Superstadt! Zur Zukunft der Stadt zwischen Linz, London und Shanghai. Vienna: Sonderzahl Verlag, 2012.
  • ‘Trading Places: Architectures of Informal Markets’, in Andrew Ballantyne and Christopher Smith (ed.): Architecture in the Space of Flows. London: Routledge, 2011.
  • ‘Shifting Waters’, in Güven Incirlioglu and Hakan Topal (eds.): The Sea-Image: Visual Manifestations of Port Cities and Global Waters. New York: New Gray, 2011.
  • ‘A Practice Without Discipline’, in Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Birgit Rinagl and Franz Thalmair (eds.): CONT3XT. Nurnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2011.
  • ‘Networked Cultures’, in Helmut Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (ed.): Cultures and Globalization Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation. London: Sage, 2009.
  • ‘Networked Cultures’, in Gulsen Bal (Hed.): Open Space – Mapping Contemporary Creative Practice. London: Divus, 2009.
  • ‘Crossing the Mediterranean: Networked Agencies in Art and Culture’, in: Russian Academy of Sciences (ed.): Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations. Moscow and New York: Editorial URSS, 2009.
  • ‘Plan ve Çatışkı: Ağ Örgüsüne Dahil Olan Istanbul’, in Gulsen Bal (ed.): Türkiye'de Dün-Bugün Dönüşümleri. Istanbul: Kitap Yayinevi, 2008.



  • Crowdfunded Urban Development - Urban narratives as vehicles for new financial markets’, ARCH+ 231 (The Property Issue - Ground control and the commons), 2018.
  • ‘Informal Worlds’, cityscapes 7 (Futurity), November 2015.
  • ‘Europäische Protestkultur: Platzbesetzungen zwischen Justizgewalt und Musealisierung’, archithese (Die Architektur Europas / Fresh Europe) 6/2014.
  • ‘Performance des Protests’, in Kunstforum International 224 (Urban Performance II), 2013
  • ‘Occupy: Demonstrationen von Protest’, Malmoe 61, December 2012.
  • ‘At Home in the World’, P.E.A.R. – Paper for Emerging Architectural Research (Dwelling), 4, 2011.
  • 'Grauzonen des Handels’, Bildpunkt (anders handeln), Summer 2011.
  • ‘Network Operations: Nodal Points and Other Shapes of Global Networkification’, Junk Jet, c/o Institut Grundlagen moderner Architektur und Entwerfen (igma), Universität Stuttgart, 2/2008.
  • ‘Operation Desert’, Monu 08 - Magazine on Urbanism (Border Urbanism), 2008.
  • ‘Networked Cultures’, in: FeedBack (ed. Elpida Karaba and Nayia Yiakoumaki) 04, London, Metamute, 2007.
  • ‘How Can We Support You?’, in: Celine Condorelli and Gavin Wade (ed.), How Can We Support You?, Birmingham, 2007.
  • ‘Parallel Economies’, in B+B (ed.), The 2007 Almanach of Political Art, re:union. London, 2007.
  • ‘Contested Spaces conflicts, networks and the geo-cultural practice of European architecture', Architektur Aktuell, 7-8/2006
  • ‘Happy Slapping Urban Violence in the Age of Camera Phones’, Monu 05 - Magazine on Urbanism (Brutal Urbanism - Violence and Upheaval in the City), 2006.
  • ‘Virtual Landscapes’, dérive 05, 2001.


Visuelle Kultur der Stadt 16/17: Luxury Real Estate
Visuelle Kultur der Stadt 15/16: Die postkapitalistische Stadt
Visuelle Kultur der Stadt 14/15: Crowd-sourced Urbanism
Visuelle Kultur der Stadt 13/14: Die Ressourcen der Radikalen Stadt
Visuelle Kultur der Stadt 12/13: Die Macht der Stadt
Urban/Format/Material 11/12: Ressource Stadt
Urban/Format/Material 10/11: Architektur als Ordnungsmacht
Urban/Format Material 09/10: Global Crisis
Urban/Format/Material 08/09: Idealstadt - Weltstadt
Urban/Format/Material 07/08: Fragmented Networks